Tuesday, January 1, 2013

happy new year!

{changed our headboard quote today}
{love sarah mclachlan


I accidentally deleted all of my old blog design features;  I couldn't recover it and don't have time to keep messing with it right now so I guess it is what it is until I can spend a couple hours with my laptop and these guys.

I also stepped on a piece of glass first thing this morning.

Eli had pseudo - flu all day and Daniel is on duty.

I am very glad that my happiness in the new year does not  depend on circumstances.

The kids and I had fun with New Year's resolutions though;  Cambria wanted to write "Have mom make my bed every day."  Thus ensued an explanation of resolutions; goals to better oneself, not plans for laziness.


I think so, anyway.

Cambria and I made this pillowcase the other day.

Now that I have my sewing machine fixed it's not an all day battle to sew one little seam. 

The fun thing about this particular skirt-into pillowcase is that the skirt already has tons of ruffles that would take for-ev-er to put on yourself.

Do you remember those Mossimo Target skirts that were sold around '03? I do because I bought one to wear to drive to our new town with my fiance and pick up the keys for our first little house. I can't claim this idea as my own, because I saw it at my mom's house first (apparently my sister Lydia bought the pink version and discarded it for Mom to make-over) - but it's quite simple to make a pillowcase out of a skirt.

Anyway, you just cut off the waistband, turn it inside out and sew it shut.  Then turn it right side out and make the corners go to a point with a pencil or knitting needle.  Voila- it doesn't get any easier.

(You can also climb in the pillowcase if you are very small.)

I've been seeing these skirts all over lately at goodwill and salvation army - of course now that I know I want them again, they'll all be gone, but maybe you'll find one in your closet or thrift store and be able to have a fun lil pillowslip for the new year.

Speaking of the new year. . .

one of my goals is more sleep.  I average about 5 hours a night.  I don't know if this is normal or not, but it's certainly not optimal.  Now that my little punkin is happily snoring through the night I'm hoping that some sanity will return.  Maybe? 

Other goals include 

time with God

less busy

more people

great books

good coffee

tasting food instead of inhaling


more outdoors time than walking from kitchen to van

and stuff like that.

Happy new year to you! I'm off to make some chocolate malts and play Mexican Train with my peeps. :)


  1. I love your New Year's goals. I think I need to copy and paste :). And your new blog redesign. I feel like blogspot has gotten easier to use in the last few years.

  2. Happy New Year! Oh do I remember cutting my foot with a piece of glass right before our daughter's wedding this summer...OUCH!!! I hope that you enjoy your new goals. Love to YOU!

  3. I like your new design and love your blog! soo blessed by your friendship.... ~~Pauline

  4. I'm still giggling over Cambria's idea for a new year resolution....I would love to resolve to my MY KIDS do ALL MY WORK....but you're right, laziness isn't good.

    The skirt pillowcase is such a good idea! I'm always into shortcuts 'cuz there are never enough hours in the day.

    I'm thankful to know the Lord will bless you, keep you and uphold you by His victorious right arm in this coming year.

    Blessings to your family as you seek to serve Him in this new year.